Originally Posted by sengsational
I had my desk cleaned-out a year before I left, hehe! That's planning ahead! I worked from home, mostly, so my cube became the visitor cube. But when I walked out, it was with one file folder, and that had the HR crap in it.
I took my personal things home gradually over several months. By my last day, my office was completely de-personalized. I had emptied all the drawers and cabinets and everything was out on the countertops and desktop.
I had it all organized to make "raiding" my stuff easier for my co-workers - - office supplies over here, work-owned references and government publications over there, and so on, with handmade paper signs saying something like "help yourself, government use only".
When I walked out all I had was my HR checklist to turn in, and my purse. It was a weird feeling to surrender my badge, which had been part of me for so many years, knowing that I couldn't come back even if I wanted to. My eyes were brimming over but I got it together as soon as I got in my car.